A Jackson man drove his mother’s car into a parked Jeep on Pearl Avenue. The Monday evening collision caused the Jeep to rear-end another parked car on the street, according to Jackson Police Sgt. Russ Ruschill. The 21-year-old initially denied being behind the wheel, saying there was a female driver who fled the scene. But multiple eyewitnesses, including the owner of the second car that was impacted, told police the suspect was the sole occupant. The man refused to give the responding officer his driver’s license and appeared to have a revolver underneath his foot. It turned out to be a pellet gun, which police seized. When he verbally identified himself, officers found multiple warrants for his arrest. They also found several empty beer containers in the back seat and arrested the man for DUI.
A New Mexico man was arrested for public intoxication just after midnight Tuesday when officers found him with his pants unbuckled on East Broadway by Town Square. The 23-year-old had slurred speech and was unable to find his way back to the Rancher Inn, where he told police he was staying.
Officers stopped a South Dakota woman for speeding down West Broadway at 1:55 a.m. Friday. When she finally parked in the Jackson Animal Hospital parking lot, the responding officer “scared the stew out of her,” according to Ruschill. She denied having anything suspicious in the car, but the officer saw her try to hide an open bottle of whiskey, the report stated. The 29-year-old did poorly on field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI.
A visitor from Denver called police Thursday evening to report a stolen duffel bag that had travel essentials, including her passport. The woman told officers the bag went missing after she left it on the lawn to go use the bathroom. After some searching, officers found it farther down Aspen Drive. It appeared someone had rifled through it and stolen all of the cash, $200, but left the passport before ditching it. Ruschill said it’s a good reminder not to leave belongings unattended.
A Jackson resident called police to report a “suspicious person” in her living complex parking lot Saturday evening. The Jackson man, 24, was driving a pickup truck with a passenger of the same age, also from Jackson. After an officer started trailing the vehicle the driver appeared to make evasive maneuvers, turning down Pine Drive and then Millward Street, which dead-ends on Spruce Drive, where he reportedly pulled into a private driveway and exited the vehicle. When the officer approached he got back into the truck and started reversing toward the officer, who drew his gun and ordered the man to stop. He did, and the officer was able to search the car, finding an open bottle of tequila and rum in the center console. The driver performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI.
A sheriff’s deputy stopped a car for failing to signal on Highway 89 a few miles south of town Sunday evening. The deputy smelled alcohol on the 35-year-old driver, who performed poorly on field sobriety tests and refused to take a portable breath test, according to Teton County sheriff’s Sgt. Clay Platt. The Wyoming man was arrested for DUI and interference after refusing to give a breath or blood sample at the jail. The driver and his 34-year-old passenger were cited for misdemeanor possession after the deputy found small amounts of marijuana and methamphetamine in the car.
Information in the police blotter is gathered from law enforcement, county courts and sometimes radio dispatch and witnesses. Those jailed are charged, not convicted. — Eds.